Sano's 2-run homer propels Twins over Angels 3-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano is quickly getting back into the swing of things.

Sano, who missed the first 41 games due to a right heel laceration, hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Twins to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Sano has homered twice in the past three games. All four of his hits since his return last Thursday have been for extra bases.

''For me and the team it was pretty good to do that in a tight game,'' Sano said. ''I'm not completely settled in but I have worked hard to get back.''

Eddie Rosario singled with one out in the eighth before Sano hit Ty Buttrey's fastball over the wall in right-center. Sano's go-ahead shot came after the Angels tied it in the seventh on Tommy La Stella's two-out single to score Brian Goodwin.

''It was just a good swing. He stayed through the ball well,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''He has that kind of power and strength that regardless of where you play him he drives it.''

It is the first home run Buttrey (2-2) has allowed in 40 relief innings over two seasons. The 37 consecutive games that Buttrey had not allowed a home run is the longest stretch to start a major league career in Angels history.

''Even good pitchers give up runs once in a while,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. ''He has been a horse out of the pen and he gave up a home run to a guy who hits home runs. Unfortunately it happened in a tie game.''

Taylor Rogers (1-0) allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings and Blake Parker got his eighth save.

Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi allowed three hits and struck out six in six innings. He was trying to become the first Twins pitcher to win seven consecutive starts since Kyle Gibson won his last six in 2017 and first in 2018.

La Stella had three hits for the Angels, who have dropped three of four to the Twins this season.

Luis Arraez had three hits for Minnesota and scored the game's first run in the second when he came home on Ehire Adrianza's fielder choice.

TOUGH INNING

The Angels suffered what could be two significant injuries in the eighth inning. Shohei Ohtani took a ball off his right ring finger while swinging at a third strike. Andrelton Simmons then got tripped up at the bag at first while trying to beat out an infield hit and sprained his left ankle.

Ausmus said both players had X-rays and they were negative. Ohtani will be seen by the trainers before Tuesday's game.

Simmons' injury could keep him out for an extended period. He will have an MRI on Tuesday to assess the extent of the sprain.

''It seems like the injury to Simmons might be more dire,'' Ausmus said. ''There's no fracture, which is good but we'll still wait and see.''

EFFECTIVE FROM THE PEN

This was the fifth straight game the Angels have used an opener in front of Felix Pena. The right-hander has a 2.73 ERA when coming out of the bullpen with 26 strikeouts and two walks. He has gone at least five innings in all but one of those games. Pena had a 4.15 ERA in the four games he started.

''He seems to have taken to this and likes it. I don't know if there is need to change it right this second,'' Ausmus said about Pena's role.

Taylor Cole made his first start of the season and third of career. He allowed hits to two of Minnesota's first three batters but got out of the first inning when Rosario grounded into a double play.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow) threw 4 1/3 shutout innings in his first rehab start with Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday night. Heaney struck out 10 and allowed only two hits in a 9-6 victory over Las Vegas.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (3-3, 5.55 ERA) snapped a five-start winless streak last Thursday at Seattle, allowing three runs over seven innings in an 11-6 victory.

Angels: RHP Trevor Cahill (2-4, 6.95 ERA) has allowed 14 home runs in nine starts, which is tied for most in the majors. He surrendered six runs in 4 1/3 innings in last Wednesday's 8-7 loss at Minnesota.

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  • W: T. Rogers (1-0)L: T. Buttrey (2-2)S: B. Parker (8)
  • HR: MIN - M. Sano (2)
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J. Polanco DH40000114.335.400.592.9920.5
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L. Arraez 2B41300000.625.700.7501.4504.0
J. Castro C40100022.246.364.631.9940.0
E. Adrianza SS40110013.205.310.342.6531.5
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    M. Trout CF40000015.295.462.5681.030-0.5
    S. Ohtani DH30000130.250.345.375.720-0.5
    A. Simmons SS40100001.298.323.415.7381.0
    K. Smith C00000000.300.408.450.8580.0
    K. Calhoun RF40000031.230.311.472.784-1.5
    J. Lucroy C-1B40000001.262.324.438.7620.0
    B. Goodwin LF41200010.304.372.471.8432.5
    J. Walsh 1B20000020.333.400.333.733-1.0
    a- A. Pujols PH00000100.241.311.448.7591.0
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    • a-walked for Walsh in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Sano (2)
    • RBI - M. Sano 2 (5), E. Adrianza (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 2 (2), W. Astudillo, E. Rosario, E. Adrianza 2 (2), B. Buxton
    BATTING
    • RBI - T. La Stella (27)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. La Stella (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout 5 (5), A. Simmons, J. Lucroy, D. Fletcher
    FIELDING
    • DP - (La Stella-Simmons-Walsh)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi5.03002602.381.0613.0
    R. Harper (H, 3)1.11110201.770.892.0
    T. Rogers (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.21001201.351.359.0
    B. Parker (S, 8)1.01000001.100.989.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi5.0
    R. Harper (H, 3)1.1
    T. Rogers (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.2
    B. Parker (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Cole1.02000004.320.00-
    F. Pena5.04111303.300.9610.5
    J. Anderson1.01001102.931.171.5
    T. Buttrey (L, 2-2)0.13220011.501.08-10.0
    C. Bedrosian0.20000202.861.231.0
    H. Robles1.00000203.430.904.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 90-57, R. Harper 20-14, T. Rogers 27-20, B. Parker 10-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-6, T. Rogers 2-1, B. Parker 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 20, R. Harper 5, T. Rogers 7, B. Parker 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - F. Pena (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cole 12-10, F. Pena 68-43, J. Anderson 28-15, T. Buttrey 11-6, C. Bedrosian 11-8, H. Robles 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 2-0, F. Pena 5-7, J. Anderson 1-1, T. Buttrey 1-0, H. Robles 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Cole 4, F. Pena 20, J. Anderson 5, T. Buttrey 4, C. Bedrosian 2, H. Robles 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Polanco DH40000114.335.400.592.9920.5
    W. Astudillo 1B40100002.276.280.434.7151.0
    E. Rosario LF41100003.260.293.514.8072.0
    M. Sano 3B41121010.190.217.571.7896.5
    L. Arraez 2B41300000.625.700.7501.4504.0
    J. Castro C40100022.246.364.631.9940.0
    E. Adrianza SS40110013.205.310.342.6531.5
    B. Buxton CF40000022.267.327.500.827-1.0
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      S. Ohtani DH30000130.250.345.375.720-0.5
      A. Simmons SS40100001.298.323.415.7381.0
      K. Smith C00000000.300.408.450.8580.0
      K. Calhoun RF40000031.230.311.472.784-1.5
      J. Lucroy C-1B40000001.262.324.438.7620.0
      B. Goodwin LF41200010.304.372.471.8432.5
      J. Walsh 1B20000020.333.400.333.733-1.0
      a- A. Pujols PH00000100.241.311.448.7591.0
      Z. Cozart PR-3B-SS10000001.129.181.153.3340.0
      D. Fletcher 3B-2B-3B30000103.289.333.414.7481.0
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      • a-walked for Walsh in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Sano (2)
      • RBI - M. Sano 2 (5), E. Adrianza (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 2 (2), W. Astudillo, E. Rosario, E. Adrianza 2 (2), B. Buxton
      BATTING
      • RBI - T. La Stella (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. La Stella (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout 5 (5), A. Simmons, J. Lucroy, D. Fletcher
      FIELDING
      • DP - (La Stella-Simmons-Walsh)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi5.03002602.381.0613.0
      R. Harper (H, 3)1.11110201.770.892.0
      T. Rogers (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.21001201.351.359.0
      B. Parker (S, 8)1.01000001.100.989.0
      Total9.06113100---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi5.0
      R. Harper (H, 3)1.1
      T. Rogers (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.2
      B. Parker (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Cole1.02000004.320.00-
      F. Pena5.04111303.300.9610.5
      J. Anderson1.01001102.931.171.5
      T. Buttrey (L, 2-2)0.13220011.501.08-10.0
      C. Bedrosian0.20000202.861.231.0
      H. Robles1.00000203.430.904.0
      Total8.0833281---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Cole1.0
      F. Pena5.0
      J. Anderson1.0
      T. Buttrey (L, 2-2)0.1
      C. Bedrosian0.2
      H. Robles1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 90-57, R. Harper 20-14, T. Rogers 27-20, B. Parker 10-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-6, T. Rogers 2-1, B. Parker 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 20, R. Harper 5, T. Rogers 7, B. Parker 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Pena (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cole 12-10, F. Pena 68-43, J. Anderson 28-15, T. Buttrey 11-6, C. Bedrosian 11-8, H. Robles 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 2-0, F. Pena 5-7, J. Anderson 1-1, T. Buttrey 1-0, H. Robles 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Cole 4, F. Pena 20, J. Anderson 5, T. Buttrey 4, C. Bedrosian 2, H. Robles 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Sano homered to right center, Rosario scored31
      • 7TH INNING
        La Stella singled to center, Goodwin scored, Cozart to second11
      • 2ND INNING
        Adrianza reached on fielder's choice to first, Arraez scored, Castro out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hansel Robles relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • Kevan Smith catching
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Kepler grounded out to second
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Blake Parker relieved Taylor Rogers
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lucroy lined out to right
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Goodwin singled to left
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Cozart reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goodwin out at second
        • D. Fletcher: Fletcher grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ty Buttrey relieved Justin Anderson
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Astudillo grounded out to first
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario singled to center
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Sano homered to right center, Rosario scored
        • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arraez reached on an infield single to second
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Ty Buttrey
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Strike swinging, Simmons grounded out to first
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Justin Anderson relieved Felix Pena
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to first
        • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Adrianza singled to left
        • B. Buxton: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Buxton struck out on foul tip
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Adrianza to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Harper Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lucroy popped out to second
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin singled to right
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Ryne Harper
        • Albert Pujols hit for Jared Walsh
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pujols walked, Goodwin to second
        • Zack Cozart ran for Albert Pujols
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher flied out to deep center, Goodwin to third
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, La Stella singled to center, Goodwin scored, Cozart to second
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario flied out to deep center
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Sano flied out to center
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Arraez lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryne Harper relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Simmons fouled out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton grounded out to third
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler singled to right
        • J. Polanco: Polanco lined out to right
        • W. Astudillo: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Astudillo flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodwin flied out to left
        • J. Walsh: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Walsh struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher walked
        • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, La Stella reached on bunt single to shortstop, Fletcher to second
        • M. Trout: Ball, Trout lined out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Sano flied out to center
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Arraez singled to center
        • J. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza flied out to shallow left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons singled to center
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Lucroy lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to pitcher, Polanco to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Walsh: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Walsh struck out looking
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, La Stella reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Trout: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Trout fouled out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Felix Pena relieved Taylor Cole
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • L. Arraez: Arraez singled to right
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Castro singled to left, Arraez to third
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza reached on fielder's choice to first, Arraez scored, Castro out at second
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Adrianza to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Buxton grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to second
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Kepler singled to left center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Polanco reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kepler out at second
        • W. Astudillo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Astudillo singled to left, Polanco to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Astudillo out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: Foul, La Stella flied out to deep left
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Trout flied out to right
        • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked
        • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)